Assuming that ‘Rogue One’ is a success (and there’s every indication that it will be a huge success), Disney and Lucasfilm plan to expand ‘Star Wars’ with more spinoff films between the main Episodes. After the announced Young Han Solo adventure, what other corners of this galaxy far, far away would you like to see explored?
This has been much discussed, but I’d love to see an Obi Wan film, or series of films, with Ewan McGregor. It seems like there are a lot of story options for the times between Episodes III and IV, and McGregor was great in the part. Depending on what revelations are in store for us in Episode VIII, I wonder if the producers aren’t planning for some Obi Wan films already. Fingers crossed.
As a kid, I was always perplexed by the opening title card and what it meant for the people watching. If ‘Star Wars’ was really from “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” then that meant one of two things, either we are the devolved ancestors of the movie’s space-traveling humans, or we Earthlings haven’t even met the beings from the films yet. Either option points to Earth’s humankind as being lesser than those in the movies. This depressing thought made me ask, “What would happen if our two worlds met?”
The problem with (most) prequels that revolve around characters and events that are already known is that there’s a major lack in tension. For example, with ‘Rogue One’, you already know that the Rebel team is going to get the plans to the Death Star. And with the upcoming Young Han Solo spinoff, you know that he’s certainly not going to die. Because of that, I’d like to see the spinoffs jump into the unknown.
The next ‘Star Wars’ story should build upon that thought I had as a kid. What would happen if the writers applied the ‘Star Trek IV’ formula and took a mix of existing and new ‘Star Wars’ characters and threw them through a time-traveling wormhole to modern day Earth? Perhaps we could even see it from the eyes of a modern day Earthling seeing Jedis, Sith and the Force for the first time? Think of the mix of fear, concern and excitement that the world would go through if a Star Destroyer suddenly appeared in the daytime sky, or a modern kid learned to use the Force. It could be a blend of ‘District 9’ and ‘Chronicle’.
You may think that this is a bad idea, but it’s not as bad as telling a story with a 100% known outcome.
Such a big universe… so many stories to tell. I’ve always wondered what the deal was with the band in Jabba’s palace. In my ‘Star Wars’ spinoff flick, we’d finally get the origin story of one of the galaxy’s best (and certainly the bluest) musician. How did he get the band together? Did they ever hit it big? Was he only playing for Jabba because he owed a debt? And why did the Hutts replace his music in the Special Edition? All these questions and more would be answered in ‘Max Rebo: Behind the Music’.
Ever since I was introduced to Timothy Zahn’s wonderful ‘Star Wars’ novels I’ve been a huge fan of Grand Admiral Thrawn, a character that has recently been officially canonized on ‘Star Wars Rebels’. Thrawn is so complex and interesting that I think he’d be the perfect centerpiece for a film, especially since he pretty much steals every scene he’s in anyway. I can see Benedict Cumberbatch easing into the role. Please, Disney, give Thrawn some live-action love.
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I vote for a new Wookie movie. Granted, I already pretend that the Holiday TV special never existed because it ruins my childhood every time I’m reminded of its existence. In ‘Episode III’, fans were teased with glimpses of the species during the tail end of the Clone Wars, but I think it’s high time we’re given a full-fledged, legitimate film, meaning something that isn’t just targeted at children. Since we have a Han Solo story scheduled for the future, I suggest that the next ‘Star Wars’ project be a Chewbacca origin story set on his home planet of Kashyyyk. Assuming the Solo movie might already show how the two best friends meet, the filmmakers can show Chewie’s upbringing and training as the great Wookie warrior we heard so much about.
You know what ‘Star Wars’ needs more of? Trade disputes! ‘The Phantom Menace’ opened with the evil Trade Federation enforcing a blockade around the peaceful planet of Naboo, but we never learned what exactly the Federation traded in or why they wanted to take over Naboo. This would also be a perfect opportunity to tell Jar Jar’s origin story, which surely every fan is dying to see. Isn’t it about time for those details to be fully fleshed out in ‘Gungan Din: A Star Wars Story’?
For a more serious suggestion, one problem ‘Star Wars’ has always had is that, despite spanning a vast galaxy, the movies revolve around a very small circle of characters who keep crossing paths no matter where they go. Even ‘Rogue One’ is tied pretty closely to the events of ‘A New Hope’ and has to throw in appearances by Darth Vader for fan-service. One fear I have is that all the future spinoff films will exist only to patch over plot holes from the original trilogy, which will get old fast. Some (non-canonical) ‘Star Wars’ tie-in books and videogames have attempted to address this by telling stories totally disconnected from the Skywalker narrative, but the movies haven’t. I like the idea of making a deep-prequel set in the ‘Knights of the Old Republic’ timeline, centuries before a bratty little tyke named Anakin Skywalker was ever born.
Do you have any good ideas for ‘Star Wars’ spinoff movies? Tell us in the Comments.